Cornish Game Hens are a nice change from chicken. They really don't have a huge difference in taste. Probably if you put them both in front of me and I blind taste tested, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference?? They do make a nice presentation though.
Maple-Apple Jack Cornish Hens Adapted from Fine Cooking)
2/3 c apple juice (or apple cider)
1 1/2 t molasses
1 1/2 T maple syrup
2 T AppleJack or Calvados
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t allspice
1 T butter
2 Cornish Hens, cut in half
Add ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half 3-5 minutes.
Dry hens with paper towels. Place Cornish hens in a roasting pan. Bake in a 425 oven for 45 minutes (or until they reach the temperature of 180) basting with sauce every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes. Serve
I like cutting the hens in half. They cook evenly and they just make serving easier. Most people are not going to eat a whole hen. It's easier to just cut them in half at the outset instead of wrestling with them when their hot.